High School Blitz


LEFT: QB Stephen Smith looks to lead Trenton to a 2nd straight state final. RIGHT: Dixie County's Julian Robinson ran for 97 yards in the 2nd half last week. No. 2 Dixie County (10-0) plays at No. 4 Trenton (10-1) in Friday's Class 1A state semis.

Brad McClenny and Matt Stamey/Staff photographers
Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 6:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 5:55 p.m.

4 things of note in area sports

■ Suwannee state high jump champion Logan Boss recently verbally committed to Mississippi State. Boss, who also is a weightlifter for the Bulldogs, considered Florida and Oregon State. Boss was The Sun's Girls Track Athlete of the Year and Big School Athlete of the Year for 2013.

■ I bet when most of you saw that Clay-Bishop Kenny football playoff score last Friday you thought it was a typo — 74-73. After all, how many times does a team (besides FSU) score more than 70 points in a game? But both teams? And it wasn't an overtime game either. As a result, several state records were smashed along the way. Total points of 147 topped the previous high of 130, first set in 1973 and matched two years ago when Oak Hall beat Ocala St. John Lutheran 69-61. Clay and Bishop Kenny combined for 1,479 yards and topped the record for points by a losing team. Bishop Kenny QB John Wolford threw for eight TDs and ran for two. He passed for 553 yards and ran 17 times for 239 yards. He completed his career with records for passing yards (10,621), total offensive yards (13,403) and TDs responsible for with 162 (126 passing, 36 rushing). The total offense and TDs broke standards set by Tim Tebow. And who won? Clay, who plays host to Class 5A No. 1 Pensacola Catholic tonight.

■ Speaking of Clay and Bartam Trail, which pulled off its second straight road upset by beating Columbia (29-24) last week in the 6A regional semfinals, guess who beat both of these teams and isn't in the state playoffs? Buchholz. The Bobcats, who went 3-7 this season, topped Clay 33-21 in the second week of the season and edged Bartram Trail 24-21 in triple OT in the fifth game, both at Citizens Field. Ironically, the Bobcats, after that inspiring win over the Bears, didn't win the rest of the season, losing five straight.

■ Two former Buchholz soccer standouts, Jack and Nick Salafrio, helped to lead West Florida to another Gulf South Conference championship. Both seniors, Nick was the 2010 GSC freshman of the year and Jack was first team all GSC this season. The Argonauts were knocked out in the third round of the NCAA Division II soccer tournament by Rollins, 4-1, last Friday and finished the season 14-5-2.

State playoff capsule

CLASS 1A STATE SEMIFINAL

NO. 2 DIXIE COUNTY (10-0) AT NO. 4 TRENTON (10-1)

How they got here: Trenton def. Hamilton County, 59-32, in the Region 3 final, def. Lafayette, 50-21, in the regional semifinals; Dixie County def. No. 3 Union County, 30-20, in the Region 4 final, def. Wildwood, 37-0, in the regional semifinals.

What's next: Winner will face the winner of No. 1 Blountstown (12-0) at Cottondale (8-4) in next Friday's Class 1A state final at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando at 7 p.m.

Scouting report: This is the first state semifinal for the visiting Bears in 42 years, when they defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 24-6 in Class 2A. This is the second straight season the host Tigers are playing in the state semifinals and first time hosting since 1984 when they lost to Baker (22-7) in 1A. They also lost at home in 1977 to FAMU (27-0). Trenton, which has won 20 straight home games, played in last year's 1A state final, losing to Bratt Northview, 42-21. These two teams played in the regular season, in Cross City, with Dixie County winning 18-7. In that game, Bears senior RB Kendall Copeland ran for a season-best 217 yards and two TDs. Copeland had 128 yards and two TDs (47 and 20 yards) in last week's win over Union County. Sophomore RB Julian Robinson had 106 yards (97 in the 2nd half) and 1 TD as the Bears totaled 314 yards on the ground. Dixie's defense held Union to 36 yards rushing and 164 total, overcoming four first-half turnovers. Trenton QB Stephen Smith, a 4-year starter, ran for 112 yards and passed for 102 with 1 TD as the Tigers topped 50 points in their 2nd straight playoff game. Senior RB Melvin Adams ran for 130 yards and 4 TDs as Trenton had 56 carries and totaled 300 on the ground in Jasper. Smith topped 100 yards passing for the first time in six games, and sophomore Hamp Cheevers, like Dixie's Shaquille Mitchem, is dangerous in the open field as a receiver and returner. The Tigers had 6 turnovers last week at Hamilton County but held the Trojans to 179 total yards.

Broadcast: Online only at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/77927 (cost is $9.95 for one day viewing)

Twitter: To follow this game, go to twitter.com/sunpreps

LS: DIXIE; JB: TRENTON; LB: TRENTON; PK: TRENTON

All games at 7:30 p.m.

REGIONAL FINALS

CLASS 8A

Region 1

No. 3 Apopka (11-1) at Jacksonville First Coast (11-1)

Region 2

No. 7 Tampa Plant (10-1-1) at No. 8 Fort Piere Central (11-1)

Region 3

No. 2 Miramar (12-0) at Palm Beach Gardens (8-4) at Palm Beach Central (8-3)

Region 4

No. 10 Homstead South Dade (11-1) at Coral Gables (11-1)

CLASS 7A

Region 1

Neptune Beach Fletcher (10-2) at No. 7 Niceville (11-1)

Region 2

No. 5 Tampa Sickles (11-1) at No. 6 Kissimmee Osceola (10-2

Region 3

No. 9 Port Charlotte (10-1) at No. 2 East Lake (12-0)

Region 4

No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas (10-2) at No. 1 Dwyer (12-0)

CLASS 6A

Region 1

Choctawhatchee (9-3) at Bartram Trail (7-5)

Region 2

Springsted (11-1) at No. 2 Seffner Armwood (12-0)

Region 3

South Fort Myers (9-3) at No. 5 Daytona Beach Mainland (11-1)

Region 4

No. 3 Palm Bay Heritage (11-0) at No. 1 Miami Central (10-1)

CLASS 5A

Region 1

No. 1 Pensacola Catholic (12-0) at Clay (8-4)

Region 2

St. Petersburg Lakewood (9-3) at No. 7 South Sumter (12-0)

Region 3

No. 4 Merritt Island (11-0) at Lake Wales (8-4)

Region 4

No. 9 Wachula Hardee (11-1) at No. 3 Plantation American Heritage (12-1)

STATE SEMIFINALS

CLASS 4A

Tallahassee Florida High (8-4) at Jacksonville Bolles (9-3)

No. 2 Cocoa (11-1) at No. 1 Miami Washington (12-0)

CLASS 3A

No. 1 Jacksonville Trinity Christian (10-1) at No. 4 Tampa Catholic (10-2)

No. 5 Clearwater Central Catholic (10-2) at No. 3 Miami Westminster (11-0)

CLASS 2A

Lakeland Victory Christian (9-3) at No. 4 North Florida Christian (9-2)

No. 1 Champagnat (12-0) at Indian Rocks Christian (10-2)

CLASS 1A

No. 1 Blountstown (12-0) at Cottondale (8-4)

No. 2 Dixie County (10-0) at No. 4 Trenton (10-1)

Attention coaches

Athlete of the week nominations are taken on Mondays between noon-4 p.m. each week. Please phone in your nominations to 352-374-5050 during that time or email them to larry.savage@gvillesun.com before the 4 p.m. deadline.

Also call in your box scores to 352-374-5050 each night by 10:30. Box scores can be emailed to sports@gainesvillesun.com, but email Larry Savage for correct format.

Girls and boys soccer, girls and boys basketball and wrestling coaches should email their weekly statistics to Paul Kardasz at kardasp@sunwriters.com.

ALL-AREA BALLOTS: For volleyball, cross country, swimming and golf all-area ballots were emailed to area athletic directors this week to be distributed to coaches. Be on the lookout for these. Football ballots will be emailed next week. Publication of all-area teams will be as follows: swimming (Dec. 21), golf (Dec. 22), cross country (Dec. 23), volleyball (Dec. 24), football (Dec. 25). Questions? Email or call Larry Savage at the above phone number.

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